For the past few years, Milwaukee has maintained extreme focus on tradesman-type applications. The end result for the consumer tends to some pretty wicked task-specific products that everyone can use, but might not have the need for. The ductwork and drywall Sawzall blades follow suit with this trend.
The ductwork Sawzall blade features a “pierce point tip” designed to plunge into sheet metal with a tapered shape, allowing the blade to make both radius and square cuts for any kind of pro- or homeowner installation. Tiny teeth are designed to cut clean without hanging on duct material or bending the metal, which also makes for a less accurate fit.
The drywall blade is the one that caught our attention. Milwaukee’s Dan Wolfgram explains why this blade looks the way it does and why it’s short:
“When plumbers try to access a leak or Electricians are looking for a faulty wire, there is a substantial possibility that they will puncture an existing pipe or wire when using the standard blade lengths available today…” “The new Drywall Access blade is only 2-1/2” long, optimized to cleanly cut through up to 5/8” drywall but avoid this type of damage.”
So the drywall blade can run up, down, or across, and still move at full speed without worrying about electrical, pipes, or ducts behind the wall.
Both blades look great for the professional who needs this type of specialty function on a daily basis. And while I might not have a giant need for either, they look like they’d do a fine job of not mangling materials or severing your electrical.
Ductwork and Drywall Blade Press Release [Milwaukee]